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Ponticum paper prepared

by Brian Lavers

We were joined at Pierrepont on a couple of occasions last week by Kerry Donovan, a student from Royal Holloway College, Egham who is in the third year of a BSc Physical Geography course. For his dissertation Kerry had selected an enquiry into the prevalence of Rhododendron ponticum at a particular site and the role and motivation of volunteers in its removal.

Kerry had found reference to our activities at Pierrepont during his initial website search.

His first day was spent in the Tankersford woodland measuring (with the aid of a GPS) the extent of rhododendron still to be removed and, more difficult, the area we have already removed.

He returned on Saturday morning to experience removal first-hand and to also chat to the volunteers present concerning their motivation! He has promised us a look at the finished dissertation.

Rhododendron ponticum awaiting removal last month in Pierrepont Farm's Tankersford Wood. Originally introduced to the UK from India in the 19th century by landscape gardeners, it quickly escaped into the wild...

Rhododendron ponticum (the green plant in the foreground) awaiting removal last month in Pierrepont Farm’s Tankersford Wood. Originally introduced to the UK from India in the 19th century by landscape gardeners, it quickly escaped into the wild…